In a crucial league match, Twinsburg's ice hockey team dropped a tough 4-1 decision to Chesterland West Geauga at the Gilmour Arena.
The Dec. 15 win enabled the Wolverines to take the top spot in the Blue Central East Division of the Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League.
Twinsburg battled until Wolverine forward James Kern found the back of the net on a pass from Alex Bielek with nine minutes left in the second period.
It was physical contest that opened up in the third period.
With just three minutes gone, Tiger senior Mike Peelman slammed†the puck past Wolverine goaltender Brenden Judson on a feed from senior defenseman Brandon Best to tie the game.
However, the tie didn't last long. Two minutes later, Kern slipped past Tiger defenders and scored on a breakaway shot unassisted.
Then, with eight minutes left in the period, West Geauga center Skyler Rossbach countered with an unassisted goal.
Several minutes later, Twinsburg found itself with a two-man advantage as the Wolverines lost two players to penalties, one for hooking and one for head contact.
However, the Tigers could not take advantage of the opportunity.
With 3:19 left in the contest, Peelman drew a two-minute penalty for cross-checking.
Twinsburg battled short handed and head coach Jim DiRosa pulled Tiger goaltender Braden Susnik from the net in order to put another attacker on the ice, but just as Peelman's penalty expired, Kern took a shot that went into the empty net with 1:19 left to seal the win.
The Tigers are back in action on Dec. 21 against Garfield Heights at the Dan Kostel Arena in Garfield Heights. Game time is 7:30 PM.
On Dec. 22, the Twinsburg hockey team will host the annual Alumni Game at 5:30 p.m. at the Dan Kostel arena. All former Twinsburg players are invited to take on the current varsity team in a friendly match.